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June 15, 2012

Network Visibility Outfit Anue Talks About its Acquisition by Ixia

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

Anue Systems Inc. earlier this week was at Cisco Live talking about how its recent acquisition by Ixia (News - Alert) allows the parent company to outfit enterprise and service provider network operators with tools that help them understand the performance and network impacts of various applications – from pre production through launch and beyond.

Ixia on June 4 announced it had completed the acquisition of Anue Systems.

Anue is known for its network visibility solutions, which are used for network monitoring in live networks. Ixia, meanwhile, traditionally has played in the test and measurement space relating to application and network performance in pre-production, or lab, environments. Together, the two companies can deliver more end-to-end solutions, Larry Hart, vice president for marketing and strategy for Anue, told TMCnet at the event in San Diego. He added that now that Anue is part of Ixia, the smaller company is able to deliver global sales and support around its offerings.

Anue is now known as Ixia’s network visibility group, but the products will be marketed under the sub-brand Anue, Hart said.

On Monday of this week, Ixia announced the Anue Net Tool Optimizer 5293. The company says this is “the industry’s first and only carrier-grade, high-density, 40Gbps network monitoring switch.” Hart noted that, in a telecom environment there’s a need for high-density solutions and products that are NEBS compliant. The 5293, he added, has both – with NEBS 1 certification today and NEBS 3 certification in process.

The company also offers solutions that can, for example, strip off MPLS headers so security gear can look at that but not get weighed down processing that traffic’s payload. But whatever the specific solution, the focus for the company, previously known as Anue, continues to be on network visibility to make networks safer and more optimal, he added.

“We’re optimizing data center performance and security,” he said. With network visibility tools like those offered by Ixia, you “no longer do you have to wonder.”

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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